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Station Information for WCBS-AM
AM Frequency 880
Station Address 345 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
Classification and Power A, 50,000W
Transmitter Location High Island, NY
Contact 212-975-2127
fax 212-975-1907
Station Staff General Manager - Steve Swenson
Program Director - Mark Chernoff
News Director - Tim Scheld
General Sales Manager - Chad Lopez
Local Sales Manager - Cathy Murphy
Format News
Sports Coverage NY Yankees
Owner CBS Radio
History This station, for decades the flagship of the Columbia Broadcasting System, got its start in 1924 as WAHG, placed on the air by Richmond Hill, Queens, radio manufacturer Alfred H. Grebe.  Grebe, whose first experimental broadcasts dated back to 1921, formed the Atlantic Broadcasting Company in 1926 and renamed the station WABC at that time.  In 1928, CBS bought out WABC and its parent company, creating its first radio station, operating at a frequency of 860kc and featuring stars such as Bing Crosby, Burns & Allen, & Kate Smith.  The station moved to its current frequency, 880kc, in 1941, and finally adopted the name of its owner, WCBS, on November 3, 1946.  CBS debuted "Newsradio 88" in 1967 and became 100% all-news by 1970.

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